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Questions tagged [copyright]

Use this tag on questions about the copyrighting process and principles. Questions solely pertaining to general copyright are off topic.

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Copyright unitl the “present” year in BSD license?

I have the following line in my BSD (new, 2 clause) open-source code: // Copyright (c) 2003-present, Jodd Team (http://jodd.org) Previously, I've used a real year (e.g. 2003-2014). However, updating ...
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Can we use principles from a book to create an application? [closed]

I've read this book that has tips on how to live healthy. Forget the fact that there are many like it out there, that's not the point, and it's not about specific book. Now I am just curious how does ...
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Is it legal to monetize from someone else's software?

I was wondering if I copy someone else's software and make some design changes and try to make money from it. Is it legal? Which licenses provides a facility for that?
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Displaying MIT license modifications

Background: I created an unofficial OSGeo addon, 24dev-demo for a student's "Software Digital Portfolio" via github.com. A student may add or modify the software with their own code. Below is an ...
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Is the MIT license itself copyrighted?

Is the MIT software license itself copyrighted? What about the BSD license? Could a person copy parts of the license or significantly alter the license for their own use? I've searched but wasn't able ...
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How to apply MIT license in the GitHub repo for fully free project?

I have a public repository for an open source project on GitHub. It's main goal is to make this code available to anybody (including myself) who may what to use it, for free, for all the time, with ...
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Ownership of Eclipse icons in EMF Autogenerated code

This is regarding the Eclipse Icons which are part of the code generated using Eclipse Modelling Framework (EMF). These Eclipse Icons are not part of the input model provided by the developer, but is ...
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What license do I apply to my software if parts of its code is derived from MIT licensed open source software?

This is the first time I'm handling licenses and could use some guidance in this matter. I have developed a piece of Java software where parts of the code is derived from different classes licensed ...
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How to deal with licences after forking a project?

I forked a project with an MIT license on GitHub: The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2012 Some Name Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software ...
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Help with getting permission to open source a small piece of software

If you are an employee, work you do in the course of your job (as opposed to in your spare time) is a "work for hire" and the copyright is by default owned by the company you work for. How do you go ...
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Am I infringing copyright if I use an improperly licensed project?

While answering this question, it was pointed out to me in the comments that software that is improperly licensed (in that case, by violating another license) causes its own license to be cancelled ...
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Theseus' Paradox applied to code copyright

Assuming a copyright license (I'll reference Apache 2.0, but that's an example only) that allows derivations, at what point are those derivations so extensive that the Apache license no longer applies?...
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Does the mutilation clause make CC-BY and CC-BY-SA non-free?

This clause is section 4(c) in CC-BY 3.0 Unported and 4(d) in CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported: Except as otherwise agreed in writing by the Licensor or as may be otherwise permitted by applicable law, if You ...
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Copyright notice must be regularly updated while the project is active?

I started an open source project in 2013, with the LGPL license. I've been regularly working on it for the last four years. Each file includes the standard copyright notice that include the copyright ...
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Which author/copyright holder “type” is allowed in the MIT license? Pseudonym, Company name, …?

In many licenses you have to (or can?) state who is the author of the project, which is the one who "owns" the intellectual property (= the copyright holder). In the MIT license it e.g. is said like ...
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Using company logos in open source projects?

I want to create an open source custom home page and I need to use logos (such as Google's) to link to their sites. Can I use them freely, or should I check individually, and if it is the latter, how ...
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Copyrighting open source code using a business name vs as an individual

I'm the only developer working on an open source project (MPL v2.0 license, not sure if it does matter) and I have a single-person LLC I use for some consulting works. What are the pros and cons of ...
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Can I use/distribute LGPL command line software in mine that isn't LGPL?

I've developed a little software that use FFmpeg in command line mode. To further clarify: My software launch several times ffmpeg.exe that is stored inside the same folder as my .exe. User never ...
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Does the owner of the github repository own the copyright to the code?

Say I'm the only one uploading code to someone's private repository, do they own the copyright to the code? Or do I own the copyright to the code since I wrote it? Would adding a license stating ...
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Why does the FSF make this recommendation about ranges of copyright years?

In the document “How to use GNU licenses for your own software”, the FSF says: For software with several releases over multiple years, it's okay to use a range (“2008-2010”) instead of listing ...
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Project port (to another language), dealing with copyright notices when using Apache license

I was looking for a library implementing a specific protocol for my favorite programming language. I found one, but noticed that it started out as a straight port of another project. However, in each ...
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Copyright on derived software under EPL license v1.0

I recently modified software code licensed under EPL v1.0. Can I remove the original copyright and add my own copyright ?
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Confusion about derived works from an MIT License

I am confused by copyright licenses. Specifically whether or not I am permitted to use derived code from W3Schools in my production code base. To give a bit of context I have a contract to build a ...
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Can I completely ignore the license for graphics that are ineligible for copyright?

I am looking at some highy geometric flags used by the the extended LGBT community. Many of these are not able to be copyrighted (according to wikimedia) Because the consist only of: Choice of Color ...
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Who owns the copyright to the code which was paid for to write?

For example, the repository owner owns the app and publishes the partial source code and creates few tasks supported by some bounty to write some new components (such as new functions, classes, etc.). ...
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Open source licences and copyrighting

My question is: where lies the border for a programmer to copyright new software when in GNU/linux basically everything is released on very restrictive licences that force you to copyleft your work? ...
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Can open source exist without copyright?

I was asked a question in my law class: is it possible for open source software to exist without copyright protection? In the absence of copyright, could software still exist that satisfied the open ...
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Open Sourcing Commissioned Art

Some friends and I started up a very small business venue a while back, to make a card game. Properly registered as a partnership and all that. It was nothing serious though, just something we worked ...
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Open Source Textbook Solutions

Is there a licensing model, or common ethic agreement, prohibiting the leaking of solutions to questions contained in a textbook? I was searching for solutions to a question in a very popular and ...
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What to do when proprietary code is found in your open source project?

We have an open source project and suspect one contributor has submitted code that is not their own and is under a closed source copyright. We know we have to remove the code. Also I assume anyone ...
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JPEG comment to convey Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice

This question is related to Copyleft Multi-Licenced Copyright Notice. I upload pictures on commons.wikimedia.org and I want to facilitate the reuse but I want derivatives stay "libre". Therefore I ...
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How should I assert copyright when I'm forking an MIT project?

I have an open source software project licensed under MIT. The MIT License (MIT) Copyright (c) 2016 Håvard Fossli Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any .... I found ...
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How do I properly specify the year(s) of copyright?

Most source files start with a copyright header like this (from GNU ld): /* Main program of GNU linker. Copyright 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, ...
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Using open source sample code provided by Microsoft for commercial software

I am developing a software for commercial release which is developed ahead on a sample code provided by MSDN This is mentioned in the beginning // THIS CODE AND INFORMATION IS PROVIDED "AS IS" ...
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Updating modified source code's copyright [duplicate]

A few years ago I started working on an open-source project, but things continued and now--years later--I currently maintain my own branch of the project. The project currently resides on GitHub. The ...
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Refreshing Shared Copyright Dates in Apache 2.0 Licensed Code

I'm working with a formerly closed-source project whose official first release under that product name was in 1997. Development on it slowed and was abandoned, then released as Apache 2.0 in 2012. ...
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Are licenses licensed or copyrighted?

Suppose I want to modify a license. Say I choose the MIT license: ..to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, ...
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Software licence to limit use/modification of parts of open-source code?

Is there any software licence (GNU, MIT Apache etc.) that could be readily used or modified to allow to impose limitations of the specific use/modification of parts of a source code that otherwise is ...
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So the GPL doesn't restrict the creator of the software in any way?

In another thread I started (Redhat buys Ansible), I am trying to figure out the economic value of a company transaction with respect to GPL'ed software. A few of the answers suggest that the owners ...
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CC Licence and Automatically Retrieving Linked Content from a Source

I was reading this topic about users posting content to a community and not having the right to "take it down" later on. It got me to thinking about communities which might have a system to ...
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What is the copyright status of Colossal Cave Adventure?

What is the copyright status of the source code of “Adventure” (also known as Colossal Cave Adventure)? There is a good record today of the history of Adventure. Specifically: The 1975–1976 Crowther ...
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Must contributor agreements be physically signed?

I've been developing an API internally with a few friends, and hope to expand it and make it open to the broader public. I've highlighted a lot of background in this question, but to recap, it's a ...
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GPLv3: Re-Release app under different branding

I have build an open source audiobook player which is licensed under gpl v3. Yesterday someone sent me a mail with the topic 'Violation of source code license' including a link to an app that seems ...
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Removing the original copyright line from footer

There's this web app licensed under GPLv3 that I'd like to deploy. However, the footer of each page has a copyright line, e.g., "© 2015 FooBar Inc.". Is it okay to remove that line and/or replace it ...
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Can I modify source code licensed under MIT license without publishing my changes?

Imagine I write a piece of software, which uses some MIT-licensed library. Let's assume that I modified that library. My software (of which that library is part) produces some content, which I sell ...
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Difference between Copyright License (CLA) Copyright Assignment (CAA) [duplicate]

I have just wrote a program and would like to release it dual-license (probably AGPL and proprietary, but I also would like to retain the ability to release it under other licenses in the future). I ...
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Can I adapt a CC-BY-SA licensed webpage to host rights-reserved copyrighted content?

I think the inverse of What do I need to share if I include CC-BY-SA artwork in my software?. Some webpages, such as Code for America are licensed under CC-BY-SA. If I want to adapt the code for this ...
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How does GitHub's “forking right” cope with an “All rights reserved” project?

The GitHub FAQ states (emphasis mine): You're under no obligation to choose a license. It's your right not to include one with your code or project, but please be aware of the implications. ...
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Acknowledging employer in an open source project

My employer has given me to permission to open source a component of a project that I have been working on, allowing me to retain ownership and control, with the condition that they be acknowledged in ...
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How is Google able to relicense their photos on Google Streetview, which may contain copyrighted content? [closed]

While driving in the car recently I noticed a Google Streetview car go by outside. Once I got home I went onto Google Streetview and looked around for a bit. This is when I noticed the copyright ...